This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible. For the purposes of BGA Extra (but not BGA, since that is too early in the week), we also review the coaches film. Statistics from PFF which are not available to subscribers were used in the completion of this article and we thank them for providing us with exclusive access to these.

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from Bent's Game Analysis during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about Sunday's game against the Bucs. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read my BGA game breakdowns every Monday and leave your question in the comments section.

BenNevisI agree that Cromartie looked bad during a number of plays, but to what extent to do you think the game plan (to stop the run) contributed to Jackson's success and Cro's woes? In other words, do you think the game plan dictated the soft coverage that allowed VJ to get separation on Cro?

Definitely having him leave a bit of a cushion was gameplan-related. As you'll note, I mentioned a trap coverage late in the game where Wilson dropped off from the slot to the outside receiver and Cromartie dropped off, so to some extent that was an established tendency. Cromartie doesn't get off the hook that easily though, he completely missed his jam at the line on one third down conversion and was beaten easily on the 40-yarder, again failing to slow him down with legal contact - this time off the line of scrimmage.

LabeasySo what is the thought on Kyle Wilson? I always thought he was decent but yesterday noticed that people were bashing him. Am I missing something?

Wilson has been somewhat of a disappointment having been drafted in the first round three years ago and isn't the most popular player on the team. People get frustrated with him getting confused between man/zone assignments, failing to turn his head around and celebrating on plays where he was beaten but the pass was off the mark. He's improved his physicality since he was a rookie, but sometimes overdoes it. In the game, he was targeted three times and all three were incomplete, but again, he may have been a bit lucky on one or two of those. Strip away the first round expectations though and he's a solid third or fourth cornerback, one of a handful on the active roster. It's important that he's as good in the slot, because Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster are better on the outside.

Disgruntled Jets FanAny thoughts on Marty's playcalling?

It's a little early to know which plays will be staples of the offense and therefore to make too much of a big deal over play selection. It's also too early to get a read on where tendencies will be developed and what plays they can make to capitalize on those. I wasn't overly frustrated with or enthused about the playcalling, but I was pleased with the execution. In terms of specific plays, I liked the quick third down throw to Powell in the flat. While a lot of people criticized the Kerley toss play because it failed, I didn't think it was a bad idea - just well defended. That play came after Kerley suffered his head injury, so it's possible he might have made a better read with a clear head.

The gameplan was a little conservative, but I'm absolutely fine with that. They probably haven't fully installed everything yet - or at least were working on a tailored gameplan.

tishIt was obvious that both teams concentrated on shutting down the run and each was very effective. How much of the Jets' running difficulties appeared to be the result of ineffective OL play vs. excellent D?

As I alluded to in the article, you can never really know whether you were stopped by a top-level defense or you have issues of your own until a few games into the season. However, even though they lost Michael Bennett in the offseason, the Bucs' record from last year speaks for itself and the fact Gerald McCoy was so disruptive is perhaps less concerning when you consider that he did this to everyone last year and that there aren't many like him in the league. The line does need to develop chemistry, but that was the case early in the season over the last few years too.

Big ChrisI was at the game and on a number of different pass plays, particularly in the first half, it looked like Geno had a few opportunities to take a shot down the field and either didn't see the open receiver or elected not to throw it. When you get the coaches film could you shed some more light into the passing game and the kind of chunk plays this offense will need to be successful?

Yes, from watching the film, I saw examples of him seeing an opportunity but not taking the risk, failing to see the opportunity and well-schemed plays where the deep routes acted as a clear-out for the underneath options.

Fancy some examples?

First off, here's Jeff Cumberland running a post pattern down the middle. The defender, on his heels slightly, wasn't able to get across in time, so it was worth a throw down the middle and probably not very risky. Smith is looking at this, but opts to scramble straight ahead for three. He might have got more than that by dumping the ball to the right flat too.

This is the play where Smith scrambled for 13. As you can see, Clyde Gates is running a crossing route and is waving for the ball at the 21 yard line with nobody on him. While Smith picked up the first down, had he been able to look up and see Gates, it should have been an easy throw for a touchdown.

This isn't a downfield pass, but serves as an example of Smith not always taking the best option. He doesn't see Holmes open in the slot for an easy 5-10 yards, maybe more if he can break a tackle, instead opting to throw to the outside receiver (Gates) who is blanketed by Revis.

Finally, Stephen Hill does a great job of avoiding the jam here at the snap and is pretty much open from the get-go. However, Smith is aware that there's a safety in the middle of the field. He instead throws down the middle to Kerley who almost makes a tough catch.

WW85How many times did we throw deep?

According to the NFL definition of "deep", Smith was 4-for-8 for 86 yards and threw deep one other time on the Cumberland penalty. However, on throws more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, he was 0-for-2 (his first completion, to Kerley and his last to Winslow were his longest throws, but these were both caught less than 20 yards downfield.)

'NYCPE'inGermanyIf you treat last night's QB rushing stats as if it were a college game (subtract the sack yardage the Bucs had from Geno's rushing total), how many yards would he have been credited with and what would his YPA have been? Trying to see if his rushing output last night - if treated as they do in college - were comparable to his college rushing stats.

He would have had 11 carries and five yards - less than a half-yard per carry.

jetsfan74It would also be interesting to see a snap count breakdown of which receivers Revis covered.

Cumberland = 1 snap, Gates = 7, Hill = 8, Holmes = 27, Kerley = 6, Powell = 1, Smith = 2, Spadola = 3

BleedsGreen&WhiteIs Tone in someones doghouse? He didn't play much.

He actually made some comments about that today, although they were somewhat contradictory. He basically said he wanted to play more but was glad that they won, so it didn't matter. Then he also said he doesn't expect to play as much when Kerley is healthy so he isn't sure that will happen tomorrow. He played 44 snaps.

a57se How did Howard start the season last year?

He struggled badly at the start of the year. Cameron Wake beat him outside over and over again. However, he really turned a corner from that point onwards.

Gang Green CaptainI want a gif of Colon blocking them 3 guys NOW! NOW NOW NOW

Your wish is my command. I think this is my best work...

1/12/69-OrangeBowlI thought Gates would be more of a factor in this game and also moving forward. I wasn't at the game, just got the TV view. I'd like to know if Gates created separation and got open, or was he covered well?

You'll note from the examples above that he was open on one play and well-covered on another. There was one other play where the announcers highlighted him running open on a post pattern and calling for the ball, but Smith did not make the throw. I guess we should expect a bigger role with Kerley out.

canizare1

It seemed to me during the game that Geno may have been playing overly cautious. He seemed to be somewhat tentative going to his first read and was generally trying to either check down, or buy himself time so he would have a clear lane to make a throw from someone finding space during a scramble situation rather than make a rhythm/timing throw. Did you happen to notice this? Was the Bucs coverage that tight or was he trying to make sure he avoided mistakes?

As shown from the examples above, there were some gaps in their defense that he was unable to exploit, but I'm sure that he was being cautious as you described and that this was part of the gameplan.

ReprocityWas Revis playing man or zone more and did they run any crossing routes or comeback routes at him? I thought the quick slants worked to his favor since it's such a short pass. Were there more challenging routes they could have ran at him?

He played a little of both. I don't blame them for going after the quick slants, because as long as you account for anyone dropping off it's usually a safe throw where you can see whether the receiver is open or not. That's certainly somewhere that Revis has given up yardage in the past. Even though he's one of the best at covering it, that's one of the higher percentage and tougher to cover routes out there. They forced Revis to run at times, but were reluctant to test him down the field, as anticipated. They could have tested him more, but I think they were more than happy to just run a few safe passes in his direction just to ensure the Bucs couldn't be certain they weren't avoiding him altogether.

NewSCThink they will start rotating in Winters as they did with Vlad last season? Also wondering, were there any runs outside the hashes, other than the Kerley wildcat? I don't recall seeing any.

Based on what I saw in preseason, Winters simply isn't ready and would get eaten alive. However, hopefully he will improve over time and make up for the time he lost and any physical effects from his injury that slowed his progress, so maybe this will happen at some point. I doubt they would want him to enter his second season with no experience at all, so it will be interesting to see what happens if they are involved in some blowouts or if they fall out of contention.

The ran four times off-tackle, for 19 yards. Two of these were runs which started off outside and then cut back and one started off up the middle and was bounced outside.

a57seDid MM keep the running plays the Jets have done best on over the last couple seasons or did he scrap the old completely?

I believe it was Brandon Moore who once said that pretty much every team in the league runs variations of the same five basic running plays. The Jets used the "blast" play, which was a staple of the Jets running game under Schottenheimer and was also used under Sparano, extensively in preseason. I haven't seen them run the "swerve" yet though.

M_SlenderI'm not sure if it was visible on tv, but being at the game we saw a lot of plays where it seemed like to us, there were open receivers downfield and Smith didn't see them or didn't throw to them for whatever reason. is this something that you can review?

See the examples higher up.

Phil TI know this all about the Jets, but I am curious on how many snaps did Revis play? I believe it was 50-60%.

55. He was rested on 22. What a slouch.

jetsfan74Can you tell us how often Geno faced 8 in the box? I'm guessing they were focused on stopping the run. Where they moving a safety down? Is that why the middle of the field seemed to be where Geno was completing his "longer" passes, and is why Winslow had a great game?

No, I would attribute that mostly to them drawing the safeties out of the middle by running clear-out routes.

Out of 77 snaps, the Bucs had a safety in the box (within eight yards of the line of scrimmage) on 31. They also had a safety covering up on the slot man (therefore in better position to help with the run) on another six.

a57seWhat was their longest drive? I don't think they moved the ball more then 40 yards on any one drive...

The three field goal drives went 55, 65 and 50 yards. The touchdown drive was only 31 yards, but they went backwards on their first play, so they actually had to travel 49 yards from that point.

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Thanks for your questions! I'll be back with a BGA Preview tomorrow and to BGA the game itself on Friday.

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Vacc's 3 keys to Jets win 00:01:36
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

THE GAME: The Jets (5-9) at the New Orleans Saints (9-4) at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It's a dome, so I wouldn't worry about it.

WHAT IT MEANS: Well, technically the Jets are alive...

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Wilkerson not playing at Saints 00:02:19
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Jets practice where the team announced that Muhammad Wilkerson will not play this Sunday.
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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are frustrated after another loss in a game they were supposed to win. The guys discuss Josh McCown's broken left hand, and how it impacts the team going forward. Later, Jets linebacker Demario Davis joins the show to talk about his leadership as team captain, McCown's impact, and the rise of the team's young linebackers - Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is out for Sunday's game against the game after he was benched for showing up late to the team facility Friday. 

Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans as it was a 'coaching decision,' according to head coach Todd Bowles. Wilkerson supposedly showed up to the facility "very late," a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. This is the third straight year the 28-year-old has been benched for being late. 

This season, Wilkerson has been underperforming with only 3.5 sacks and 46 combined tackles. 

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Wilkerson will not play Sunday 00:03:02
The Daily News Live crew discusses Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson not traveling to play in New Orleans this Sunday due to tardiness.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Muhammad Wilkerson has no future with the Jets. He knows it and they know it. He'll be released long before his 2018 salary is guaranteed on March 16.

And really, there's no reason to wait that long anymore.

Wilkerson was punished by Jets coach Todd Bowles on Friday, after he showed up late -- very late -- to the team facility, according to a team source. Bowles immediately told the 28-year-old malcontent he wouldn't be traveling to New Orleans with the team for the game on Sunday. And according to one team source, his pseudo-suspension could last longer than that.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans to face the Saints on Sunday, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday, saying it was a 'coaching decision' -- not injury-related.

Wilkerson was very late to the Jets' facility today, which is why he was benched, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, who says it wouldn't be a surprise if this isn't just a one-game punishment, either.

Earlier this month, a day after he benched Wilkerson for most of the first quarter because he showed up late to a team meeting, Bowles said he still considers the 28-year-old defensive end a team leader.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park and Todd Bowles should be providing an injury update later. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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John Morton on quitting vs. DEN 00:00:31
Jets offensive coordinator John Morton admits to calling it quits in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos.

Jets OC John Morton said his team waved the white flag last Sunday against the Broncos, with his team trailing, 23-0, in the fourth quarter.

"Listen, the game was out of hand and I didn't want to let some bad stuff happen," Morton said. "At that time, I don't like to say, 'No mas,' but it was time to get out of there. They kicked our butts, they kicked our butts. Sometimes that happens in the National Football League."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveI know there are some people bothered by this, but I don't get it at all. Jets offensive coordinator John Morton gave an honest and reasonable answer to a question about why he wasn't being more aggressive with his play calling in the fourth quarter...

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Kerley blames ghost for PED's 00:05:09
On Loud Mouths, the guys fill in the blanks on hot topics including Manny Machado, Ian Kinsler, Jeremy Kerley's ghost and Star Wars.

Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley said he still wasn't sure how a banned substance in his system led to a four-game suspension and suggested it was because of a ghost.

"I don't know, a lot of ghosts around here," Kerley said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "Ghost put it in. You know the ghost of Christmas past."

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Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed offensive tackle Korren Kirven to the practice squad and released tight end Zach Conque, the team announced Friday.

Kirven, an undrafted rookie out of Alabama, had signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2017 draft.

Conque was with the Jets' practice squad for three weeks after the Houston Texans waived/injured him in August.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' plan 00:02:06
On GEICO SportsNite, Ralph Vacchiano discusses how the Jets are preparing to face Drew Brees and the formidable New Orleans Saints.

After Josh McCown's season-ending injury, Bryce Petty has been pushed to center stage for the Jets and will be starting this Sunday in New Orleans. The Saints won't take the Jets' backup lightly, citing a lack of film on the former Baylor quarterback.

Publically, multiple members of the Saints' secondary have been respectful of Petty's ability.

"For me having been in this league for a while, it's actually scarier going against a guy you don't have a lot of film on..."

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4 Keys to beating the Saints 00:04:30
On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.

On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.


Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Bryce Petty will make his fifth career start for the Jets on Sunday in New Orleans because Josh McCown has a broken left hand and because, as Todd Bowles said, "Bryce is the next man up."

That's a nice, tidy coach-speak way of avoiding the obvious truth about that decision: Starting Petty makes very little sense at this point for the 5-8 Jets. They need to see Christian Hackenberg play...

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Josh McCown may be out for the season and unsigned for 2018, but he's not done helping the Jets young players just yet.

The 38-year-old quarterback was back on the practice field on Thursday, just two days after undergoing surgery on his broken left hand, and he will travel with the Jets to New Orleans this weekend for their game against the Saints on Sunday afternoon. There, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles, McCown will serve as a "player-coach" as quarterback Bryce Petty makes his first start of the year...

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Matt Forte (knee) missed practice again Thursday. The good news, though, is he was the only player who missed Wednesday's practice to sit out Thursday's as well.

All of CB Morris Claiborne (foot), RB Elijah McGuire (ankle), S Rontez Miles (hamstring), CB Rashard Robinson (not injury related) and G Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) were limited participants Thursday after being unable to go on Wednesday. 

LB Bruce Carter (groin) and LS Thomas Hennessy (concussion) were also limited participants. 

The Jets travel to New Orleans to play the Saints this Sunday in Bryce Petty's  first start of the season.

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GEICO SportsNite: Petty to start 00:01:59
With Josh McCown sidelined due to a broken hand, Bryce Petty is motivated to prove his worth in the final three games of the season.

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park and Todd Bowles should be providing an injury update later. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As he has done for the last month, RB Matt Forte (knee) was on the sidelines during the Jets' practice on Wednesday. 

LB Mo Claiborne (foot), RB Eli McGuire (ankle), DB Rontez Miles (hamstring), OL Brian Winters (abdomen/ankle) and DB Rashard Robinson (excused) joined Forte as inactives.

LB Bruce Carter (groin) and LS Tom Hennessy (concussion) were limited.

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Jets LB Demario Davis has been a cornerstone of the team's defense this season, but it wasn't always that way. 

When returning to the Jets this offseason after a season with the Browns, fans and media crushed Davis, saying he wasn't worth bringing back after serving four previous season in Green & White. Davis didn't prove them wrong in the first two weeks of the season either as he struggled mightily on the field. 

Davis spoke with SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon on "The Jet Stream Podcast" to talk about how he dealt with the pressure, and turned around his season...

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Dec 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is sacked for a safety by LSU Tigers defensive end Arden Key (49) during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is sacked for a safety by LSU Tigers defensive end Arden Key (49) during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets will select LSU DE Arden Key with the tenth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, predicts ESPN's Todd McShay.

Despite the Jets' need for a steady arm at the quarterback position, McShay points out their edge rushers need some improvement as well. This is why McShay can't see the Jets passing up on who he thinks is the most natural defensive end coming out of college this season...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE MCSHAY'S ANALYSIS ON KEY

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the third quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the third quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

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The Jets worked out two CFL players on Tuesday: WR DaVaris Daniels and CB Garry Peters, reports NY Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

The 6-foot-1, 207 pound Daniels has played his past two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, who made it to the Grey Cup last season. In 13 games last season, the Notre Dame product caught 47 receptions for 743 yards and four touchdowns. 

Peters has played for the Edmonton Eskimos the past two seasons, where he most recently won the Grey Cup. The 5-foot-11, 190 pound cornerback notched 35 tackles and three special teams tackles this past season. 

As the custom with CFL players converting to the NFL, the Jets may be looking at Daniels and Peters for potential futures deals after the season. CFL players generally are not allowed to sign with NFL teams until their contracts expire in February. 

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The Jets overcame a shaky start to break out of their slump with their finest offensive performance of the season so far against the Chiefs. A late touchdown by Josh McCown gave the Jets the lead and the defense held on to preserve a 38-31 shootout win.

Let's review the defensive performance from Sunday's win:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets coach Todd Bowles said QB Bryce Petty will be prepared to start this weekend when the team faces the Saints in New Orleans.

Petty was inserted into the starting role after QB Josh McCown was lost for the remainder of the season due to a hand injury.

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates a two point conversion run by running back Elijah McGuire (25) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates a two point conversion run by running back Elijah McGuire (25) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Jets QB Josh McCown was named a finalist for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. 

The award recognizes players who demonstrate the best on-field sportsmanship qualities that include fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition, according to USA Today. 

The other finalists include Browns T Joe Thomas, Chargers TE Antonio Gates, Redskins TE Vernon Davis, Panthers LB Luke Kuechly, Lions DT Haloti Ngata, 49ers T Joe Staley, and Chiefs QB Alex Smith. Staley, Smith and Kuechly have all been finalists in previous years.

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Who do the Jets turn to at QB? 00:02:20
The Daily News Live crew debates over who the Jets should start at quarterback with Josh McCown being ruled out for the rest of the season.

Jets QB Josh McCown is out for the rest of the season as he needs surgery on his broken left hand, according to head coach Todd Bowles. 

McCown suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Broncos. He walked off the field in obvious pain, and underwent X-rays during the game. He received a second opinion on the hand, and it was suggested he should get surgery to repair it. 

"It just sucks," McCown said emotionally after the game. 

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Any lingering hopes of the Jets remaining in playoff contention were put to rest by a struggling Broncos team that was met with scant resistance in their 23-0 win. This continues a season-long pattern of futility on the road for this Jets team, which drops to 5-8 on the year and now seems destined to end up 5-11 for the season season in a row.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Jets 00:03:08
The Football Night in New York crew break down the Jets ugly 23-0 loss to the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Denver Broncos, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints
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Bowles and McCown on 23-0 loss 00:02:13
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-0 loss to Denver.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters.

"It just sucks," an emotional McCown, who was brought to tears at the podium, said after the game.

McCown left the game late in the third quarter with the Jets trailing 20-0. He previously left the game in the first half after scrambling for a first down, but returned two plays later.

He walked off the field and underwent X-rays during the game. It is unclear if the injury will end McCown's season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCown will undergo further tests, Bowles said.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown
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